domenica 17 dicembre 2017

Me, Let’s Hope I Make It

Photo © Ben Zank

Edna, there is only one wild card left. Would you like to play the role of the fifth candidate?

The King and I

FIDE President Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov promptly bounced back up and ran back to the centre stage: “I will run for President even if Dvorkovich will be the Russian Chess Federation’s candidate”, he told the online sports site Championat.com.
“I like to be the President of FIDE, so I will run over again. On July 21, I met with Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and he approved my nomination, so I travelled around the country and visited about 30 states”, he said. “Of course, I will run for President even if Dvorkovich will be a candidate. I’m doing my campaign. Very recently I flew to Afghanistan, we opened a chess school in Kabul, then we’ll open an academy”, Ilyumzhinov said, quoting R-Sport.

From left: FIDE President Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov and Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. Photo: RIA Novosti.

sabato 16 dicembre 2017

Reddite quae sunt Caesaris Caesari

I have an appeal to Silvia Bertini, virtuoso dancer of Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”, on behalf of one of my young students, Cesare (pictured above in green sweatshirt), who, last summer, on the day of our final dance showdown performance, while serving as a volunteer in the theatre’s ticket office, lost an informal chess game to her boyfriend Niccolò. Just to make it short, Cesare now wants the revanche, so I’d suggest two possible dates: either our Christmas dinner (in the evening of Thursday, December 21) or the first Fischerandom chess meeting of 2018 (in the afternoon of Saturday, January 13). I thank her in advance for her kind assistance.

As to Edna, I don’t know whether she will like him or not

Photo © Ben Zank

Four for One

MOSCOW, December 16 – R-Sport special correspondent Anatoly Samokhvalov. President of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov told R-Sport that he was informed by phone that President of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) Andrey Vasilievich Filatov made a statement in favour of nominating Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, as the RCF’s candidate to FIDE Presidency.
“Filatov said at the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation – which is taking place now – that Dvorkovich will be the RCF’s candidate to FIDE Presidency. Since I was not there, I was informed about it by telephone”, Ilyumzhinov said by phone.
FIDE presidential election will be held concurrently to the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia in September-October 2018. Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov is the President of FIDE uninterruptedly since 1995. He has earlier announced his decision to re-run for President and he is already working on his own electoral campaign. In October 2017 FIDE Executive Board delegated executive powers to FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropulos. Earlier, FIDE Executive Board opposed Ilyumzhinov’s nomination for a new presidential term.

(Free translation by Nobody’s Perfect)

FIDE President Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov. Photo © AFP 2017/Natalia Kolesnikova.

Hello Goodbye

Liverpool, England: A statue from Antony Gormley’s sculpture, Another Place, formerly upright, lists in the sand on Crosby Beach. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images.

Christmas is almost here, but I don’t have the time to go looking for Layla, so buy her a flower for me!

She doesn’t seem to realise he’s not in the mood for conversation

The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Highly Commended: “WTF” by George Cathcart. Photo: George Cathcart/Barcroft Images.

A leaf of a Christmas tree

Today is Saturday, and it’s the day of the Fischerandom chess meeting at Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna” (as usual starting at 16,00). It will be the last class before Christmas holidays. The meetings will start again on regular weekly basis from Saturday, January 13, 2018. Of course, you can also attend our gala dinner dance on December 21 and eat what you wish!
When entering, I pray, just remember the passphrase: “I got an A, eat your heart out, Arcovazzi!”.

オノ・ヨーコ (Yōko Ono) 75th birthday chess cake. Credit: Colette’s Cakes®.

Did you read that, Edna? Pretty soon the Queen will ask you to design her own dresses to wear to royal ceremonies and engagements!

venerdì 15 dicembre 2017

Let’s speak frankly: how many mineral water bottles remained on the shelf?

Rainmaking

 https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/15/magnus-carlsen-london-classic-grand-tour
Next up for the GM elite are the world rapid and blitz championships, to be played in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, starting 26 December. The venue is controversial, even though it is claimed that Israeli entrants will be granted visas. A record prize fund, $1.5m for the two men’s competitions and $500,000 for the women, has attracted a strong field led by Carlsen. [Read more].

To castle or not to castle, that is the question

Magnus Carlsen – Wesley So
Speed Chess Championship; match game 15 (5’+2” per move); Chess.com, November 18, 2017
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Position 435


1. c4. De gustibus non est disputandum: 1. e4 g6 2. g3 b6 3. Nc3 c5 4. 0-0 0-0 5. Nd5 e6 6. Nc7 Qe7 7. Nxa8 Rxa8 8. c3 Nc6 9. b3 b5 10. Qe3 b4 11. Nd3 bxc3 12. dxc3 c4 13. bxc4 Nb6 14. c5 Nc4 15. Qe2 N4e5 16. Nxe5 Nxe5 17. f4 Qc5+ 18. Qf2 Qxf2+ 19. Kxf2 Nc4 20. e5 d5 21. Ke2 Rfc8 22. Kd3 Rc5 23. Bf3 Ra5 24. Rf2 Bg7 25. Bd1 Rc8 26. Re2 Ra6 27. Bb3 Rb6 28. Bb2 Bf8 29. Bc1 Ba3 30. Bd2 Nxd2 31. Rxd2 a5 32. Rf1 h5 33. Rc2 Rb7 34. h3 Kg7 35. Rh1 Ra7 36. Ba4 h4 37. gxh4 Rc4 38. Bb5 Rxf4 39. h5 Rb7 40. c4 dxc4+ 41. Rxc4 Rxc4 42. Bxc4 Rd7 43. Kc2 gxh5 44. Rg1+ Kh6 45. Rg8 Bb4 46. a3 Rc7 47. Kb3 Bxa3 48. Rh8+ Kg7 49. Rxh5 Be7 50. Bd3 Rc5 51. h4 Rd5 52. Be4 Rd4 53. Rh7+ Kg8 54. Bg6 Rf4 ½ : ½ Nakamura – Aronian, 2nd Sinqfield Fischerandom Chess Cup, Saint Louis 2014, match game 5. 1. ... g6 2. g3 b6 3. Bxa8 Rxa8 4. b3 Bxa1 5. Rxa1 c5 6. Nc3 e6 7. e3 Nc6 8. N1e2 N8e7 9. Rd1 0-0. Given the starting position, it was possible to castle on the h-side already from the first move! 10. d4 cxd4. Who knows, maybe 10. ... d5 should have been considered, as after the text Black’s backward d-Pawn will be subjected to White’s pressure. 11. Nxd4 Nxd4 12. Rxd4. Not 12. exd4? d5 and Black would be suddenly free. 12. ... Nc6 13. Rd2 Qe7 14. 0-0 a6. If 14. ... Qb4 then 15. Qa1! with crushing threats. 15. Qe2 Rfd8 16. Rfd1 f5? It does not seem a good idea to allow White’s next move. Whether bad or good, 16. ... d6 was better. 17. Rd6. The inexorable pythonisation begins. 17. ... Rab8 18. e4 Rb7 19. Kg2 Qf6? Now the end comes upon Black immediately. In any event, after 19. ... fxe4 20. Nxe4 Rf8 21. Qd2 White also dominates the board. 20. exf5 gxf5. Unpleasantly forced, as 20. ... Qxf5 loses to 21. Rxc6. 21. Nd5 Qe5 22. Qxe5 Nxe5 23. Nxb6 f4 24. gxf4 Ng6 25. Nxd7 1 : 0.

Houses in the Clouds

Skopje, Macedonia: Buildings break through low cloud over the city. Photo: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Image.

Got Talent

The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Highly Commended: “Mudskippers Got Talent” by Daniel Trim. Photo: Daniel Trim/Barcroft Images.

Overland

Parade of the Award Nominees

Fridgefreezed

Snow-covered apples for sale at a farmers market in New York City, United States. Photo: AFP/Don Emmert.

Painting Out of the RKO Radio Pictures

And so King Kong climbed the Empire State Building just to be pictured along with the Girl with a Pearl Earring. Pyotr Veniaminovich Svidler, Russian Chess Champion for the eight time, and Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina, Russian Women’s Chess Champion for the second time, took over the limelight on the Saint Petersburg art scene without any fear of coming out of painting. Photo: Chess-News.ru.

The Slap

The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Winner of the Padi Under the Sea category: “Slap” by Troy Mayne. Photo: Troy Mayne/Barcroft Images.

One, Four, Five

MOSCOW, December 12 – R-Sport special correspondent Oleg Bogatov. Four or five candidates may stand for election as President of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), which will be celebrated at the Plenary Assembly of FIDE in 2018, President of the Russian Chess Federation, Andrey Vasilievich Filatov, told R-Sport.
The election will be held concurrently to the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia in September-October 2018. Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov is the President of FIDE uninterruptedly since 1995, and he has already announced his decision to re-run the presidential polls. In October 2017 FIDE Executive Board delegated executive powers to FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropulos. Earlier, FIDE Executive Board opposed Ilyumzhinov’s nomination for a new presidential term.
“I guess that four or five candidates are expected to run for FIDE Presidency”, Filatov said in a phone conversation. ”Including Georgios Makropulos who is a worthy candidate and a respected person”.
He wanted to emphasize that he did not think to candidate himself for the presidential election.
“Well, I’ll just say that... this is not my cycle”, President of the Russian Chess Federation said.
“I wouldn’t be fair if I should now speak about who the Russian Federation will actually support”, Filatov continued. “It will be up to the new President of the Russian Chess Federation to discuss it with his colleagues. I will re-run (for President of the Russian Chess Federation) next February, and if the chess community will renew its support, then I’ll be able to give you an answer. It will be known only on February whether or not I will be re-elected. As for FIDE Presidency, in any event, we will support the best most electable candidate”.

(Free translation by Nobody’s Perfect)

President of the Russian Chess Federation and FIDE Vice President Andrey Vasilievich Filatov. Photo © 2017 RIA Novosti/Vladimir Vyatkin.

giovedì 14 dicembre 2017

Painting a Wall

Natalia Andreevna Pogonina – Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina
67th Russian Women’s Chess Championship; tie-break game 1 (15+10); Saint Petersburg, December 14, 2017
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The very young Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina – a great hope of Russian chess – won for the second time the (67th) Russian Women’s Chess Championship which took place in the State Museum of the Political History of Russia in Saint Petersburg, Russia from 3 to 14 December 2017. After tying for first place in the general ranking, Goryachkina faced Natalia Andreevna Pogonina in two tie-break Rapid games and defeated her 2-0. In the position of the diagram White (who is to move) has little to be content with since Black’s initiative more than compensate for the minus Pawn, but, of course, nothing is yet decided. 29. Kf1 Kf7 30. Bd2. The decision of giving back the Pawn seems the only reasonable one. 30. ... Rxb2? Black apparently misses the zwischenzug 30. ... Rb3! which, followed by ... Bf6xb2, would have put White in very serious trouble; in the case of 31. Bd1 there might follow 31. ... Nxb2! 32. Bxb3 axb3 and Black must win. 31. Bxd3? And this is Pogonina’s crucial mistake. 31. Rxb2 followed by Bd2-b4 (regardless which way Black recaptures) would have offered very good drawing chances. 31. ... cxd3 32. Rxb2 Bxb2 33. Bb4 Ke6. Now it’s easy to win. 34. Ke1 Kd5 35. Kd2 Kc4 36. f3 Be5 37. g4 Bc7 38. gxf5 gxf5 39. Kd1 Be5 40. Kd2 Bb2 41. Bd6 Bc3+ 42. Kd1 Kb3 43. Bc5 Bb2 44. e4 fxe4 45. fxe4 Bxa3 46. Bxa3 Kxa3 47. e5 Kb3 48. e6 a3 49. e7 a2 50. e8=Q a1=Q+ 51. Kd2 Qc3+ 52. Kd1 Qc2+ 0 : 1.

Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina
Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

So Edna, now you only need King Kong next to you when you do get kissed

Edna, Aladdin fulfilled your most hidden desire!

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/dec/14/rupert-murdochs-60bn-disney-deal-reshapes-his-media-empire